Al Dudman returns to Doncaster for today's double, tipping two horses in the first few races that, when combined, have been boosted to 20/1 on the Betfair Sportsbook...
"Rider Jim Crowley had him well covered up in the early part on the inside, and the flash of acceleration at the furlong marker was visually taking."
Bay to land the honours on debut
Trainer Charlie Appleby has struck with a couple of winners at the St Leger meeting with Modern News one of them, who was a winner for us yesterday, and I'm going down the Godolphin route once again with a newcomer in the opener at 13:10.
The 7f looks a good starting point for this son of the late, revered Darley great Shamardal, who is bred to win first-time out as his dam (also trained by Appleby) won on her debut five years ago. One of his relations also scored first time off the shelf.
The blue silks have been carried to success in this race on two occasions in the last three renewals albeit for Saeed bin Suroor, and while half of the field have some experience, the time figures and form shouldn't pose too much of a threat to potentially some above average sorts.
Appleby has hit the mark with 22 juvenile winners this season from 66 runners at a healthy 33% strike-rate this term, and is still in the hunt to win the trainer title, for which he is a 9/4 chance on the Betfair Sportsbook.
Ribhi looks a smart colt in the making
We'll know our fate nice and early on Town Moor today with the first two races and the second pick is another juvenile.
It's always pleasing to see Marcus Tregoning with a decent Shadwell horse with a nod to the halcyon days when he worked with Dick Hern and the legendary Nashwan, and Tregoning could have a good one in the shape of Ribhi, who created a favourable impression winning on his debut at Salisbury.
While he didn't look short of pace over 6f on his first run, the way he powered clear in the closing stages at Salisbury was most impressive and the extra yardage today stepping up to 7f looks ideal.
Rider Jim Crowley had him well covered up in the early part on the inside, and the flash of acceleration at the furlong marker was visually taking. As was his big stride remarked upon by commentator Richard Hoiles that day as he looked all power with an impressive physique. The time of 1:15.79 secs was nearly a second-and-a-half quicker than the first novice on the card.
Tregoning wouldn't have too many newcomers win (just three from 15 this term), and this horse looks more than ready for a step up to Listed class. He could be very useful.
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